Retaliating Israel targets Gaza rocket launchers


The Israeli Air Force targeted two concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza hours after a mortar attack from the coastal strip.

A statement Thursday from the Israel Defense Forces did not say if the launchers were destroyed by its aircraft.

On Thursday morning, Palestinians fired two mortars from central Gaza into Israel, the IDF said. The mortars were aiming for Israeli soldiers patroling the border area, according to Ynet.

“Launching rockets against Israel and its civilians is a breach of our sovereignty,” said IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “We maintain the right to operate against those who are involved in terror.”

The mortar fire occurred on the first anniversary of Pillar of Defense, the Israeli army operation in Gaza launched to stop frequent rocket strikes on southern Israel.

IDF strikes Gaza 5 times following recent mortar, rocket barrage


Israel Air Force fighter jets and aircraft initiated an extensive bombardment of terror sites throughout the Gaza Strip late Monday, in what the Israel Defense Forces is calling a retaliation for a recent barrage of mortar bombs and rockets launched by militants based in the coastal enclave.

The strike came shortly after a recent upsurge in the number of rockets being fired from Gaza, the peak being on Saturday when the southern part of the country was hit by over 50 rockets.

Gaza eyewitness reports claimed that the IAF attack included five separate strikes, with medical sources in the Strip reporting five wounded Palestinians in the strikes’ wake, two of which were children.

Read more at Haaretz.com.